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stacy huffman
re: tracing and copying is ineffective
Thu Jun 18, 2015 22:21

I posted on this very thing myself! I can't tell you the number of times I have had my students copy or trace in an effort to teach them to write. I had never really thought about the stupidity behind this because it is what we were taught to do and every other teacher in my building uses this strategy. I am so ready to be an agent of change in my school and share with other teachers what I have learned!

  • Tracing and Copying is ineffective! - rognstadgr, Thu Jun 18 19:46
    No tracing or copying? This lecture was very mind boggling to me! Immediately I thought to my last field experience, where I was a mentor for children in after school. My mentee was special difficult ... more
    • Re: Tracing and Copying is ineffective! - hinesjd, Sat Jun 20 12:25
      Agreed (I could rant all day but I'll keep it short)! Some teachers often think that students will have a break through if they just keep working. What teachers see as laziness is actually a cry for... more
    • Re: Tracing and Copying is ineffective! - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 20 10:25
      That is sad that he had to go through that. It sounds like that situation could have been handled with him differently than it was (that is with the teacher and student). I don't think that tracing... more
    • RE: tracing and copying is ineffective - tatem1, Thu Jun 18 22:53
      I was completely taken aback with this information too because copying and tracing are such common practices in our school systems, especially in the lower grades. I want to teach k-2nd grade once I... more
    • re: tracing and copying is ineffective - stacy huffman, Thu Jun 18 22:21
      • Change can happen! - Cassidy Milosh, Thu Jun 18 23:09
        That's awesome, Stacy (: I think these practices are just reminiscent of a different time in teaching. Having students copy lines and trace letters feels right; even in pretend school when I was... more
    • Seen It Quite A Bit - Jean Milton, Thu Jun 18 21:23
      I have seen this quite a bit, sadly. In my first internship I was in an after school setting and I saw this a lot. Even though I saw this more with Kindergarten through 2nd grade students, it was... more
    • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Thu Jun 18 21:16
      I will definitely remember this as well! I have always thought that tracing is beneficial because of muscle memory. Students trace the formation of a letter when they are learning how to write.... more
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